The current coronavirus pandemic in the world has forced many well-known event brands to cancel this year’s edition of their events. The plague is taking its toll and the risk associated with organizing an event for tens or hundreds of thousands of people is really considerable. The spring events were under a huge question mark, but there was a lot of hope for some time in the context of summer festivals. It wasn’t surprising – after all, many people claimed (and often claim so far) that by that time the whole situation could ease. Nevertheless, countries around the world are taking radical steps to prevent the spread of the disease. Belgium has also taken steps to prevent the spread of the disease and has cancelled all events by 31 August!
Tomorrowland only next year
The decision of the Belgian National Security Council is also followed by the cancellation of one of the biggest events taking place during the holidays – this is obviously the case in the town of Boom Tomorrowland. The organisers have issued a comprehensive statement in which they explain the whole situation. It reads that the 16th edition of the event will not take place until 2021, on 16-18 and 23-25 July. It is also very important that the tickets for this year’s edition will be valid at next year’s edition. This is an extremely important issue, and the organizers deserve applause for it. The full content of the statement can be found below.
People Of Tomorrow have been a large, lively and warm global community for over 15 years. We share the same passion: listening to great music, discovering great places, making new friends from around the world, enjoying life to the fullest and taking care of ourselves as one big family. This makes us unique. This makes us what we are in our everyday life. This ensures that together we can overcome the greatest challenges.
Tomorrowland 2020 had all the ingredients to become one of the most outstanding editions: creative ideas, completely new internal and external concepts, an amazing composition and, as always, the most beautiful international crowd.
Unfortunately, due to the global coronavirus epidemic, these are extraordinary times for us all. In recent weeks we have had many consultations with local and national authorities in Belgium and a panel of international experts on the two festival weekends. Our mission is to unite souls from all over the world, but our top priority is to care for the well-being, health and safety of the People of Tomorrow, our partners and suppliers, our neighbours, artists and our team.
With great pain in our hearts, we must inform you that Tomorrowland cannot take place in 2020. We understand and support the government order just issued. The 16th edition of Tomorrowland will take place in summer 2021. (16-18 July and 23-25 July).
This situation is very difficult for us. As a community we are sad, disappointed and angry – but also full of hope because we know we are much stronger than this failure. What we started together in 2005 has become a strong global symbol. Together we will triumph and continue to unite.
But first we must make sure that the event industry overcomes this. Tomorrowland – like all other major events – is only possible thanks to the network of hundreds of suppliers and thousands of collaborators who have been working on our beloved festival for over a year. Many talented artists, creative companies and hard-working and passionate people – including our own team – are now facing a storm and going through difficult times. We will have to be resilient, support each other and be flexible to make sure that the event industry exists at all.
Anyone planning to experience Tomorrowland in July 2020 will now have plenty of questions. It makes sense and we understand it perfectly. We can already say that all tickets will be transferred to Tomorrowland 2021. This is not an easy operation, but we will try to email everyone within the next week and make the update available in your personal Tomorrowland account.
Despite our great disappointment, we would like to urge everyone once again to adhere strictly to the guidelines of their local authorities. Stay at home, wash your hands and keep your distance. Do it for yourself, your loved ones and the unique medical staff around the world who work around the clock.
Take care of each other and be safe.
As the above position shows, cancellation of such a huge event was only a matter of time. The decision of the Belgians to make a top summer festival is now in doubt for the other festivals taking place during the holiday season.